There is a lot of traffic when you are behind the wheel. It’s frustrating when you can’t get to your destination when you want to. As soon as the road opens and you see the accident causing the traffic jam. It captures your full attention for a few seconds before moving on with your life. That’s the scenario that will play out in Week 7, as Tua Tagovailoa has removed the concussion protocol, as reported by ESPN.
After suffering a massive concussion two weeks ago and a suspicious “back injury” just days before, Tagovailoa has not played since. And he won’t be competing this weekend against the Vikings. But in seven days he’ll be good to go against Pittsburgh. Russian roulette will leave Moscow and place itself in whatever location Miami plays. A third concussion for Tua in less than a month could end his career. Chris Nowinski, Co-Founder and CEO of the Concussion Legacy Foundation, told Deadspin one day after Tagovailoa suffered a second head injury that he should not play again this season.
Based on the timing of this announcement, Tagovailoa will not only compete but will start with the Steelers. And at least 11 more chances this season for Tua to suffer another concussion. I know all players are exposed to health risks when participating in the NFL. Midfielders are always at the forefront. Except in really rare cases, Tagovailoa will touch the ball in every Dolphins attack.
However, according to ESPN, Tagovailoa has surpassed standards beyond the NFL’s concussion protocol, receiving four outside opinions that agreed for him to act by claiming there was no lasting injury. for the brain. Miami used their third quarterback in Tagovailoa’s absence, as reserve Teddy Bridgewater also joined concussion protocols in recent weeks. Colts ran back to Nyheim Hines, people are also shaken recently and showed signs of engine instability on the Last Week edition of Thursday Night Football, which will not air in Week 6.
The dice roll with Tagovailoa’s health soars regardless of whether he is cleared or not. Basic science knows three concussions in a short period of time can lead to permanent damage. This is not just a football issue. I hope it doesn’t happen. Tagovailoa has had an impressive start to the 2022 season and the league is better with him in it. Miami took a 3-0 lead in games where he played the majority of catches behind the center of the teams. I would wince every time the defense approached him. One more shot to the dome and the conversation shifts from whether we’ll see Tua again in 2022 to whether he should wear a helmet again.